Eight of 11 new Covid-19 cases imported, all but one with variant

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Imported cases make up most of the newly confirmed Covid-19 infections logged today in a seeming downtrend of local transmissions.

The Centre for Health Protection reported 11 new Covid-19 cases on Friday—eight imported and three local—bringing Hong Kong’s case tally to 11,440.

Of the eight cases from outside Hong Kong, seven were found to have a variant of SARS-CoV-2. Four of them were domestic workers from the Philippines.

The workers arrived on Mar. 13 and tested positive on their 12th day under quarantine. Three of them were on board Cebu Pacific flight 5J272, while the fourth one entered Hong Kong through Philippine Airlines flight PR300.

Three other imported cases with the variant entered Hong Kong from Pakistan.

The sole imported Covid-19 case that did not carry a coronavirus variant was a domestic worker from Indonesia who arrived on Mar. 12.

One of the three local infections has an untraceable origin. It involved a Japanese flight attendant aged 38 who lives in Causeway Bay.

She attended several Pilates classes at GO24 Fitness in North Point, CHP’s Principal Medical and Health Officer Dr. Albert Au said. About 20 people and four instructors attended the same class.

Au said that even though people in the class wore masks, the risk of transmission is still high so the students and instructors will be sent to quarantine centres. The centre will be closed for 14 days to disinfect.

The most recent cluster of Covid-19 infections emerged in a fitness centre in Sai Ying Pun, where 155 people have contracted the virus. This includes the case of a relative of an infected customer which authorities confirmed on Friday.

The death of a 78-year-old man who was found with Covid-19 pushed the city’s coronavirus-related death toll to 205.